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Best things to do in Geneva

Monument / Landmark
“Reaching 140 metres in height, the Jet d'Eau has over time become a real emblem of Geneva. The beautiful tale of the famous Jet d'Eau of Geneva is almost the result of coincidence. In 1886, the hydraulic plant which distributed the driving force of the Rhône to the craftsmen and watchmakers of Geneva was obligated to create an open evacuation of the water in overpressure, when the workshops closed at night. The place sparked such enthusiasm and excitement that the Jet d'Eau was born.”
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Beach
“Nice place to take a bath or grab a classic Swiss fondue (dish with a loooooot of cheese). ;-)”
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Church
“Climbing to the top of the cathedral allows you to see beautiful views of the city of Geneva- a definite must see in the old town ”
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Park
“Promenade des Bastion is about 10min walk and has a playground, chess boards, restaurant, etc. If you’re here over December-January definitely head to Bastion for the amazing Christmas market and ice skating rink!”
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Point of Interest
“The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) is the second-largest of the four major office sites of the United Nations (second to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City). It is located in the Palais des Nations building constructed for the League of Nations between 1929 and 1938 at Geneva in Switzerland, and expanded in the early 1950s and late 1960s.”
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Art Museum
“Great for Art History buffs looking for some classical pieces. On the edge of the old town so can be factored in if you have time while you are visiting the old town. Open on Sundays and has a small cafe that does hot drinks and cakes.”
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Department Store
“Visiting Manor gives you the opportunity to see what is available in Geneva, the prices, great food store in the basement and affordable restaurant at the top!”
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History Museum
“A very notorious visit among local kids... and great kids. One of the best in Europe”
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Park
“My favourite park in Geneva - its huge and has lots a paths for strolling, some beautiful gardens and buiildings. Well worth a visit if you have time. ”
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Museum
“A cultural Mecca, Geneva boasts a multitude of unique discoveries. The International Museum of the Reformation takes you through the history of religions and life in Geneva, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum transports you to the heart of international Geneva, while the Patek Philippe Museum gives you the time with precision to the rhythm of watchmaking expertise. And that's not all, many museums and exhibitions await your visit.”
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Park
“One very beautiful park, right near the lake, with a walkway to the very famous and must-see Geneva's "Jet-d'eau" (water-fountain) on one side, and the Mont-Blanc bridge on the other.”
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Museum
“Amazing contemporary building next to the old classic museum. Nice ethnographic collection.”
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Botanical Garden
“Just next to United Nations and Place des Nations, Geneva's botanical gardens are a vast and wonderful park one of it's kind, full of colorful flowers, variously shaped trees, kid's attractions and playgrounds, few animal farms and coffee shop.”
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Italian Restaurant
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“One of the few places open 7 days/week. Wonderful for pasta, pizza, and large salads. ”
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Park
“Very quiet and relaxing nice parc where you can go to the Hotel Parc des Eaux vives and order a pick nick basket.”
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Museum
“It was in the 16th century that the first names of Swiss watchmakers emerged and Geneva became the birthplace of watchmaking. At the time, following John Calvin’s reform, Genevans had to follow a dress code and dress as simply as possible. But refusing to take off all adornments, the people of Geneva decided to buy watches and, to meet the demand, jewellers retrained as watchmakers. So this is how the Genevan artisan watchmaker was born. A mix of tradition and precision, Geneva is today the symbol of fine watchmaking.”
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